Accolades: College degree in music/performing arts, collaborating with several high profile rock/metal artists, officially endorsed by Dunlop/MXR products
Musical Influences: my father John Epp, Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, James Hetfield, Dimebag Darrel, Ozzy, SRV, Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Beck, Tony Iommi, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, my beautiful wife, family and three kitties...
Bio: I am a well known guitarist in the Nor-Cal metal music scene. I have spent most of my life studying and playing guitar driven by classic rock, heavy metal, and modern rock. Inspired by Randy Rhoads and Van Halen, I began playing guitar in the late 80's. I quickly developed the passion, discipline and the sheer will to be the best musician I can be.
I have been teaching at Showcase Music Institute since 2002 and have been actively performing live with my original band "The Venting Machine" since 1998. Recently, I embarked on a new music project with the legendary metal drummer, Paul Bostaph (Slayer/Testament/Exodus) and vocalist Dan Nelson (Anthrax). We call this band "BlackGates".
I teach all ages and levels. Iím well versed in ear training, technique, improvisation, utilizing abstract scale patterns along with theory, transcribing in tablature. I'm also proficient at guitar set-ups. Some of my favorite things to do as an instructor are focus on marring technique with imagination and preparing students for the big stage.
I can remember the exact steps I took to become the player I am today, and It feels amazing to be able to pass my experience on to all of my students. Whether it is learning your favorite song, or building a guitar solo from scratch students can benefit from my hands on experience and fun, down to earth, teaching approach. As a bonus, I am also a skilled drummer, which gives my students a chance to jam in a "band" type setting, so they can put their hard work and practice to practical use.
Thanks for taking the time to check me out, and I look forward to working with you. Lets get shredding!
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